v. 1-2. Its history and condition to 1877.--v. 3. Russia of to-day
May 28, 2013
skimmed through few pages and saw parallels with today's Russia
"The food is abundant and of good quality, but mushrooms, onions, and fat play a rather too important part in the repast, and the whole is prepared with very little attention to the recognized principles of culinary hygiene. Many of the dishes, indeed, would make a British valetudinarian stand aghast, but they seem to produce no bad effect on those Russian organisms which have never been weakened by town life, nervous excitement, or intellectual exertion".
"Mariya Petrovna probably receives a visit from Popadyà (the priest's wife), who is the chief gossipmonger of the neighbourhood."
"His vices are of the passive, negative kind".
"In the time of serfage the domestic serfs had much to bear from their capricious, violent master. They lived in an atmosphere of abusive language, and were subjected not unfrequently to corporal punishment."
I am sad to see lack of "honoured" activities in some Russian people I know and in myself.